That Ecuador is 85% Catholic is obvious. Catholic churches are everywhere (more about those in a few days), rosaries hang from taxi rear view mirrors with Divine Mercy stickers on windshields. Public busses likewise bear testimony to the Catholic Faith with Jesus painted on one side of the front of the bus, the Blessed Mother on the other. However the strongest example of Catholic visibility is the enormous amount of large families, children, pregnant mothers and young couples.
People on the street wore scapulars, crosses or rosaries, dressed modestly, bore no tattoos, no ear plugs, sported no cleavage, wore no obscene short skirts, no short shorts and there is absolutely no obesity problem in Ecuadorian society at large as there is here in the US. (To keep citizens healthy, free Zumba is provided in all cities.)
|Quito from the Blessed Mother's viewpoint|
The food was amazingly fresh, great coffee, and bottled water was available for $1.00 at every grocery (at least one on every block). B & B accommodations were affordable and spotlessly clean. Quito’s new airport was modern, bright, and efficient (and had the most amazing gift shop).
|Our Mother dancing on the Devil|
In subsequent posts there will be more on Ecuadorian life with comparisons to life here in the US, for at times I felt that people are more free there than here. Of course it was good to return home to the US, but still...